02 January 2012

'Rise to the Challenge' Contest

Gather your stuff - it's finally here!
Today is the day - one of the geekiest days of the year (1/2/12) and the beginning of our contest!  I am so excited, I could bust.  I have been going back and forth over what I was going to try but before I share it with you, let me outline the contest really quickly for those just joining in our fun...

Contest Concept
To step out of our comfort zone and do something challenging that we have never done before.  It could be an entirely new craft such as a knitter learning to crochet or picking up a drop spindle for the first time or even getting familiar with weaving if you are fortunate enough to have the equipment available.  It could be an entirely new technique such as color working, Tunisian or filet crochet, intarsia or steeking.  As long as it's something you've never successfully accomplished before, it should work for this adventure.

How to Participate
The "fine print rules" are that all projects must be started on or after 1/2/12 and completed by 2/1/12.  Photographic evidence of project must be shared either by Ravelry project page via The Corner Cafe post, emailed submission or Peppermint Mocha Mama Facebook page submission.  All submissions must have the following information included:
  1. Technique used.
  2. How it is a challenge for you.
  3. Detailed story documenting the experience.
  4. Contact information (Ravelry ID or email address).
The Prize
Jordana Paige's newest item in her stunning collection of crafting accessories - the Crafter's Tool Butler!  Isn't it gorgeous!?!  Look at what all it has to offer ~
  • Six flat pockets for sizes of dpns and hooks.
  • Four zippered accordion pockets for circular needles with label inserts for custom numbering.
  • Mesh pocket for small items such as safety pins, stitch markers and darning needles.
  • Knitting needle and crochet hook inventory chart.
© Patons
Now - since I made my decision at the zero hour, I'll share what I'm going to try.  I'm making Paton's Snowflake Hat in those two beautiful shades of KnitPicks Swish DK from my stash.  I'm not sure which is going to be the main color and which is the accent - I'll have the family vote and we'll see how it turns out.

Everybody got their needles ready?  Do you have your yarn, pattern and copious amounts of coffee on hand?  Alright then ~ let's all rise to the challenge... go get 'em because the contest is officially underway!!


  1. Oh that hat is awesome! Love it! Can't wait till I get to that level! So, question: would me taking a class on socks count (socks would be done in time) or should I do this beret I have my eye on? (doesn't look too difficult but I've never done one...?)

  2. Wouldn't a geekier date be 10-10-10? :) I may make the same pattern as you - I've wanted to try colorwork.

  3. You are a sweetie, such kind words of inspiration you left me on my blog. I had a wonderful, fabulous new years. We spent it in the middle of winter paradise, cross country skiing, eating beautiful food, sitting by a roaring fire and I formulated my plan of attack for 2012 - stay tuned....on my blog :) Hugs and best wishes for 2012.

  4. What a fabulous challenge!! Hmmm, I just may have to be brave and jump in! xo

  5. I'm excited about this. I'm trying a thrummed project (bunny slippers!).


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